The Fabric of Social Justice – Sonoma Sun

Posted on June 15, 2022 by Sonoma Valley Sun

As part of the Sonoma Juneteenth Celebration, the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art (SVMA) will participate in The Remembrance Project by the Social Justice Sewing Academy

The powerful textile panels are on display, free with admission to the museum, until June 19.

The Social Justice Sewing Academy Memorial Project is a community art project that creates textile panels for local and national organizations to display publicly in solidarity with social justice and remembrance of those who have lost to violence.

Panels displayed at an outdoor installation in Latham Square in downtown Oakland.

Young participants provide the name of a person in the United States whose life has been lost to violence and are matched with volunteer textile artists. Once matched, the maker researches their subject and creates a textile display honoring the life they lived.

Remembrance Project panels travel across the country to help educate and inform communities about the human impact of systemic violence. SJSA will ship 40 panels for installation in Sonoma.

Panels from the SJSA collection will also be on display at the Sonoma Valley Regional Library and the Sonoma Community Center.

A community event is taking place Saturday, June 18, 2022, from 5-7 p.m. at the Sonoma Community Center. Check out the schedule of activities, including a Sewing Academy workshop, film screening and artist here:

Founded in 2017, the Social Justice Sewing Academy (SJSA) is a nonprofit organization that aims to empower individuals to use textile art for personal transformation, community cohesion, and to begin the journey to becoming a social change agent. Through a series of hands-on workshops in schools, prisons, and community centers across the country, SJSA uses social justice and arts education to connect artistic expression with activism.

The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art is located at 551 Broadway. Hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $10, free for SVMA members and those 18 and under. Wednesday is always free.

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